Opinion

Vote yes for our kids | Editorial

After months of debate amongst each other – and in our letters…

  • Jul 29th, 2010

Take advantage of medication disposal | Editorial

The ceramic bowl is filled with a jumble of pills in a…

  • Jul 27th, 2010

Ways to reduce waste at the county fair | Guest Column

by HELEN VENADAWaste Reduction and Hazardous Waste CoordinatorThe recycling rate for the…

  • Jul 21st, 2010

Orcas teacher responds to bond discussion | Guest Column

After reading both Janet Knowles’ guest column and Chris Butler’s letter to…

  • Jul 13th, 2010

Vote yes for school bond | Guest column

by JUSTIN PAULSENThere has been a healthy discussion in our community related…

  • Jul 7th, 2010

Recycling fee is fair | Editorial

Last weekend, we once again loaded up a pickup truck with recyclable…

Remodel middle school, not replace | Guest Column

by George LarsonThe School Board says, “It’s cheaper to remove and replace…

  • Jun 30th, 2010

Timely input on ferry schedules is needed | Editorial

So on the one hand, it’s empowering to think that a small…

  • Jun 30th, 2010

The pesty side of pesticides | Guest Column

by Karrie CooperThere’s a pesty side to the pesticides used in our…

  • Jun 30th, 2010

Where is transparency in the school bond? | Guest Column

by JANET KNOWLESWhen the bond was defeated, Barbara Kline said “people didn’t…

  • Jun 30th, 2010

Our Eastsound mayor endorsement is | Editorial

Well, we thought about it long and hard, and we’re endorsing them…

  • Jun 30th, 2010

Do you believe in magic?

There are many possible explanations for the generosity of Orcas Islanders –…

School bond questions and answers

by YES for Schools CommitteeWhy do we need this bond?There are significant…

  • Jun 11th, 2010

Education Initiative achieving Great Outcomes

by Hilary Canty and Janet BrownellIn 2008, the Orcas Island Community Foundation…

  • Jun 9th, 2010

Park and Rec District should include Buck Park in its management plan

The fields at Buck Park are in bad shape.And this is worrisome…

  • May 28th, 2010

Puget Sound’s slow oil spill

Kevin Ranker and David Dicks wrote a guest column for the Seattle…

  • May 25th, 2010

The Smithsonian is coming to Orcas Historical Museum

by BILL BUCHANWe know we are sounding a bit like Paul Revere…

  • May 25th, 2010

Solution near for derelict vessel program

An official derelict vessel removal program may be closer to reality in…

  • May 25th, 2010

BLM lands: places to wander

by the Committee for National Conservation AreaThe Bureau of Land Management will…

  • May 25th, 2010

Two sides on proposed ferry reservations

We’ve got a big change coming down the pike, one that will…

  • May 15th, 2010
BLM rocks near the shoreline of   Lopez.

BLM rocks and reefs: habitat and hazards

by the Committee for National Conservation Area“We’re going to hit” shouted the…

  • May 12th, 2010
BLM rocks near the shoreline of   Lopez.

A common sense approach to health

By Joe Gaydos and Jonathan WhiteDespite years of training, it can still…

  • May 12th, 2010

May is Arts Education Month

by Barbara Courtney and Carolyn WaylandThis month we celebrate Arts Education in…

  • May 11th, 2010

Explore Indian Island responsibly, please

It’s just a little bit magical.Usually covered by salty sea water, the…

  • May 4th, 2010

Share the Road: same road, same rules, same rights

by SHERIFF BILL CUMMING AND JOE CUSSENSpring is here and summer is…

  • May 3rd, 2010

We want to support San Juan County’s Mt. Baker Road project, but…

How many trees will be removed? How will the improvements really reduce speeding? Will road closures affect operation of the medical center, OPALCO, Orcas Center, and other businesses on that road?

Science say run-off is damaging to San Juan environment

While driving home from a recent storm water workshop, a friend asked, “Is run-off from my small property really making its way to the ocean and causing damage? My family has lived here 20 years, and we care about the environment as much as anyone. Why is this suddenly becoming a problem?”

  • Apr 19th, 2010

Parents, take your kids: April 21 Orcas Prevention forum on drinking and teen sexuality

When it comes to sexual assault and our youth, local advocates say drinking goes hand-in-hand. April is both Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness month. As we wrote last week, our county’s local agency, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, has a clear message: education is the number one way to prevent sexual violence.

Treasures in our midst: BLM lands in San Juan County

by ASHA LELADid you know that the Bureau of Land Management owns…

  • Apr 6th, 2010

2010 census: our return rate is far behind other counties and states

So we’re doing worse than last time.Only 37 percent of San Juan…

  • Apr 6th, 2010

National Monument status will not help the San Juans

by Minnie KnychAll residents of the San Juans should be aware of…

  • Mar 26th, 2010

U.S. Census: it’s time to stand up and be counted

by Tim ThomsenLike many of you, I was unaware of the importance…

  • Mar 6th, 2010

Protecting teens from the wrong kind of love

Young love is all about new sensations.Your heart skips a beat when…

Orcas Park and Rec District is moving forward with thoughtful consideration

By OIPRD commissionersHaving completed our first two public meetings, we, as your…

  • Feb 20th, 2010

Changes ahead for Orcas Rec program

by LINDA SHERIDANAs I look back at 2009, I am impressed and…

  • Feb 18th, 2010
YES

Levy and bond will bring rewards to our community

by Lopez Citizens for Education, YES, for Schools Committee on Orcas Island,…

  • Jan 28th, 2010
YES